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Roberto Teran and Woklahoma Win $35,000 Welcome Speed at CP National Horse Show

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: National Horse Show http://www.nhs.org
Release Date: 2015-10-28

Lexington, KY – October 28, 2015 – For the first jumper event of the 2015 CP National Horse Show, athletes had to call on their horses’ speed and accuracy. Forty-seven of the world’s best gathered for the $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed presented by Elm Rock LLC and Richard DeMartini, but it would be Colombia’s Roberto Teran and Woklahoma taking home the lion’s share of the prize money with the fastest clear effort. In the $15,000 first round of the USEF U25 National Championship, presented by The Porter Family, The Jacobs Family, The Jobs Family and The Keenan Family, Katherine Strauss and All In continued their standout season with a winning effort.

A qualifying event for Sunday’s $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington, presented by CP, the $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed required the athletes to be quick to make sure they were at the top of the leaderboard, but also careful in an effort to leave all the fences intact.

The first pair to break the 67-second mark over Guilherme Jorge’s track was Audrey Coulter of San Francisco, California, with Copernicus Stable’s Domino. They set the pace to beat with a clear round in 66.47 seconds, which would be good enough for fourth place. 

Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, took over the lead six rounds later on Mary Goldman’s Centurion B. They blazed across the finish line in a faultless 65.02 seconds, posting a time that looked like it might be good enough for the win. 

Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium looked like he might be able to steal the lead on H&M Legend of Love, owned by Ludo Philippaerts and Gerald Nothdurft. They left all the rails in their cups, but broke the beam at 66.12 seconds, which would eventually earn third place behind Goldman.

One of the final athletes to compete, Teran had a chance to study the course and prepare with his veteran mount Woklahoma. With a very smooth round using all of the inside tracks, the duo stopped the clock at 63.61 seconds, two seconds faster than Goldman, to take home the win.

“I watched her go, and she was very efficient and very smooth,” noted Teran. “I wasn’t trying to go for the win. Woklahoma is very fast and everything went to the plan and very smooth. I was surprised that I beat her time.” 

Goldman commented, “Centurion is not necessarily my speed horse, and there were definitely a few places that I could have been a little faster. I was really happy that I held on so long, but it wasn’t a surprise to be beaten.”

Both athletes were more focused on Sunday’s main event and did not want to push their horses to the max. “I knew the turns were there, I thought I’d take them,” explained Goldman. “I wasn’t running all out – this isn’t my final class, this wasn’t where I wanted to be the fastest – so I just wanted to make my turns happen and be as efficient as I could. I left them all up, so I was really excited.”

With Wednesday’s win, Teran feels confident about the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington, presented by CP. “Woklahoma has been doing the grand prix events down in Wellington and Calgary and all over the world now for two years; she’s very solid,” he said. “I think coming into Sunday she is going to be one of the contenders for top ribbons. She’s very confident; she’s super careful. At this point in her life she is ready for any class in the world.”

Teran added, “The quality of the venue here is always the best. We always have the best of the best riders and horses. This is absolutely the top of the scale. Any win here at the National is amazing.”

The final event on Wednesday night was the first round of the inaugural USEF U25 National Championship, which was a $15,000 Faults Converted class, where all rails were added to the athletes’ final times to determine the winner.

The first combination to leave all the rails intact without being conservative was Michael Hughes of Ocala, Florida, riding Christina Fried’s Luxina. They tripped the timers at 72.88 seconds, but their lead would be short lived. Katherine Strauss of Southampton, New York, was next to enter the arena aboard All In, and they laid down the gauntlet. The duo raced across the arena, clearing each obstacle and stopping the clock at 68.56 seconds – four seconds faster than Hughes – to take over the lead. The only other rider to come close was Eugenio Garza of Hickory Creek, Texas, with El Milagro’s Bariano, who cleared the course just a touch faster than Hughes in 72.03 seconds to take home second place.

“I was really excited coming here out of all the shows we've been to because this is the biggest ring of all the indoors,” smiled Strauss after her win. “My horse has a really big stride, so I can use that strong body of his to my advantage, especially here with the course tonight. There were a lot of open fences where you really have to gallop, and that is where my horse can be a lot faster than the other horses.” 

The U25 division is still relatively new in the United States, but athletes like Strauss enjoy having the opportunity to use it to develop themselves and their horses. She concluded, “I think that it is amazing that USEF and the sponsors are doing things to support and really help develop the upcoming riders. I think this is where the future of the sport is, so I am grateful for the organizations and people who are working hard to develop this division.”

The second event in the USEF U25 National Championship will take place Thursday afternoon after the $5,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, presented by Amalaya Investments and The Nusz Family. The highlight event of Thursday evening will be the $35,000 International Open Jumper Faults Converted class, presented by The Dobbs Family. The weekend will feature the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship and the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington, presented by CP.

For more information about the CP National Horse Show, please visit www.nhs.org.

 

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